Europe and Mediterranean: Inaugural Grand Mediterranean Cruise

Princess Cruises

Sun Princess® is the first ship in the Princess fleet to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Stroll through the breathtaking Piazza — a hub of activity, inspired by the vibrant squares of Europe. Experience a multi-level covered deck and the first-of-its-kind true glass-enclosed dome ever constructed on a cruise ship that features an indoor/outdoor pool, and unique water feature, in a comfortable and relaxed space. At night, the pool becomes a stage, and the Dome completely transforms into an entertainment venue with a South Beach vibe, state-of-the-art lighting effects and stunning entertainment. Set sail from Barcelona to Sicily, Athens, Kusadasi and Santorini. Then, explore Pompeii's ruins while visiting Naples. Taste cuisine as rich as the culture, with fresh vegetables in Santorini and hand-thrown pizzas in Naples. Once home to ancient civilizations and famous philosophers, the Mediterranean continues to define tradition.

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Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1 Port of Call Barcelona Departure 5:00pm

Overview

Barcelona is a charming, cosmopolitan port on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. This prosperous and bilingual (Spanish and Catalan) metropolis measures up to a city such as Madrid: its museums, theaters, art galleries and nightlife area of an impressive high standard. Besides that, this art and design centre has a lot of interesting sights to offer to its visitors. The best place to watch people go by, to stroll or simply relax, is 'Las Ramblas', a pedestrian street with dozens of outdoor cafes. Here, you’ll find flower-stands, book kiosks and small market stalls where they sell birds and small animals. You’ll also find an endlessly fascinating flowing receptacle of pageant-jugglers, singers, dancers, puppeteers, sidewalk artists, living statues and assorted oddballs on parade. Nearby is 'Plaça Real', with plenty of bars and restaurants, and 'Palau Guell', built by the Catalan architectural genius Antoni Gaudi in his undulating art-nouveau style. After having seen these sights, stroll the narrow winding streets of the 'Barri Gotic', the medieval Gothic quarter full of interesting tapas bars and cafes. Check out Picasso’s old hangout, 'Els Quatre Gats', which has been renovated without losing its bohemian charm. Or head for the old Barceloneta section on the waterfront. This working-class area, which was always slightly rundown and scruffy-looking, is now packed with paella restaurants. The new beach area, which runs from Barceloneta to the Olympic village, is much cleaner than the old beach area. Although some people believe that it has been cleaned up considerably, it might be a wise idea to stay out of the water. Fortunately, the beach itself is already a feast for the eyes (and ears), with its huge and roaring waves.

Day 2 Port of Call Palma de Mallorca Arrival 8:00am Departure 6:00pm

Overview

Palma is a resort city and capital of the Spanish island of Mallorca (Majorca), in the western Mediterranean. The massive Santa María cathedral, a Gothic landmark begun in the 13th century, overlooks the Bay of Palma. The adjacent Almudaina is a Moorish-style Arab fortress converted to a royal residence. West of the city, hilltop Bellver Castle is a medieval fortress with a distinctive circular shape. Most of the major buildings and monuments in Palma were constructed during the "Golden Age," between 1276 and 1344 under the rule of the Kingdom of Aragon. Among the most impressive is the graceful Gothic Cathedral, which was commissioned by King Jaime I of Aragon in 1230. Legend has it that on his way to recapture Mallorca from the Moors, Jaime the First's ship was struck by a terrible storm, and he vowed at that moment, to the Virgin Mary, that if he survived he would erect a church in her honor. He made good on his promise but it took a while. The Cathedral wasn't completed until 1601! You will find the people of Mallorca are quite charming, as their experiences have allowed them to perfect the art of hospitality. So relax and enjoy this unique multicultural island — you're in the hands of professionals.

Day 3 Cruising
Day 4 Port of Call Messina Arrival 9:00am Departure 6:00pm

Overview

Messina is a harbor city in northeast Sicily, separated from mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina. It’s known for the Norman Messina Cathedral, with its Gothic portal, 15th-century windows and an astronomical clock on the bell tower. Nearby are marble fountains decorated with mythological figures, like the Fontana di Orione, with its carved inscriptions, and the Neptune Fountain, topped by a statue of the sea god.

Day 5 Cruising
Day 6 Port of Call Athens/Piraeus Arrival 7:00am Departure 6:00pm

Overview

Today Piraeus is the home base of Greek shipping, the largest commercial fleet in the world, apace bound to the sea like few others. The harbours of Zea and Mikrolimano as well as Phaliro play host to countless yachts and sailing craft throughout the year. Piraeus was known in medieval times as Porto Leone, a name due to the enormous stone lion, which guarded the port's entrance. Today, the life of Piraeus is centred on its three ports: the main, central one and those of Zea and Mikrolimano. You can walk around the central harbour, shared by cargo and passenger ships alike, and watch the constant comings and goings of goods and people from around the world. Having completed your tour of the central harbour of Piraeus you will then head south traversing the peninsula and arrive at Peiraiki, one of the most picturesque neighbour hoods in the city. Here one finds the harbour of Zea, one of the largest marinas in the Mediterranean. If the night finds you in the area, you can try one of the many bars found nearby. You can continue your tour along the waterfront heading towards Kastella but a small deviation toward the city centre will be useful for then you can visit the verdant square of the municipal Theatre with cafeterias and shops of all kinds surrounding it. The magnificent building housing the Municipal Theatre as well as the Town Hall and the Library complete the picture presented by the main square in the city. Piraeus's little natural harbours are among its busiest and most touristy areas: Mikrolimano, Passalimani, Zea, Freatida and Hatzikiriakio. Countless seaside tavernas provide delicious seafood washed down with the uniquely Greek drink, ouzo. The fresh smell of the sea and the sounds made by the assortment of caiques, yachts and sailing ships, which are moored next to the tables, complete the enjoyment of the food Beyond the port, the most impressive spots are the hills of Profitis Ilias and Kastela with their neoclassical mansions and modern buildings which look as they are hanging over the sea.

Day 7 Port of Call Kusadasi Arrival 8:00am Departure 6:00pm

Overview

This seaside resort town has grown immensely in the last 30 years, and is especially popular with package holiday-makers from Europe. From a population of 6000 in the 1970s, it is now closer to 50,000, although a high proportion of this are part of the tourist industry and here only for the summer. Many cruising ships travelling around the Aegean Islands stop here, especially because of its close proximity (20km) to Selcuk. Kusadasi is a good base to explore this and other ancient cities like Priene and Didyma. Although there is little of historical interest in Kusadasi itself, the town is popular predominantly because of its many hotels, restaurants, souvenir and carpet shops, and lively nightlife. The Kale district has some old traditional houses and narrow streets, and gives some indication of what the town used to be like. The most famous beach is Kadinlar Plaji, 2.5km south of the town, dominated by huge hotels and can get very crowded in summer. There are several small beaches further south, and closer to town is Yilanci Burnu, the peninsular.

Day 8 Port of Call Thira/Santorini Arrival 7:00am Departure 6:00pm

Overview

Fira is a comparatively modern town, with houses built mostly during the 19th century when the old Venetian capital at Skaros became untenable due to earthquakes. The architecture is a jumble of Cycladic and Venetian, side by side, the similarities between the two being the stark whiteness. The impact of Aegean tourism has made itself felt in Fira, judging from the abundance of taverns, hotels, discotheques and shops. It is the largest town on the island and has gained preference with travelers because it is central and access to other parts of Santorini is made easy by either taxi or bus. From there you can indulge in some inspiring coastal walks. Wandering through the white cobbled streets of Fira, a town of about 2,000 inhabitants, one gets the feel of the old-world charm blended in with the modern day comforts. The town's archaeological museum is crammed with finds from excavations at Akrotiri. But besides being so interesting archaeologically, Santorini is essentially a beauty spot, an island whose cliffs seem to glow under an exceptionally clear light all day, but which at sunset glow redly, evoking that vast explosion more than 3000 years ago.

Day 9 Cruising
Day 10 Port of Call Naples Arrival 7:00am Departure 7:00pm

Overview

Naples, a city in southern Italy, sits on the Bay of Naples. Nearby is Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed nearby Roman town Pompeii. Dating to the 2nd millennium B.C., Naples has centuries of important art and architecture. The city's cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, is filled with frescoes. Other major landmarks include the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle.

Day 11 Port of Call Rome/Civitavecchia Arrival 6:00am

Overview

Located about 80 kilometers northwest of Rome, the Port of Civitavecchia is the port of Rome and a busy ferry and cargo port serving Italy and southern Europe. Lying on Italy’s eastern shores on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Port of Civitavecchia has excellent direct connections to Rome. It is an important cruise and ferry port with regular passage to Sardinia, Malta, Sicily, Tunis, and Barcelona. Fishing is of secondary importance to the Port of Civitavecchia. In addition to ocean-going traffic, the Port of Civitavecchia also contains a thermoelectric center and metallurgical works. In 2006, over 51 thousand people called the Port of Civitavecchia home. The Port of Civitavecchia was built on an earlier Etruscan settlement. Emperor Trajan founded the Port of Civitavecchia in the early 2nd Century, calling it Centumcellae. Today, Trajan’s Port is preserved within today’s Port of Civitavecchia. A busy growing town during the late Roman era, the Port of Civitavecchia was attacked by Vandals and then destroyed by the Saracens in 828 AD. Residents escaped to the nearby Allumiere Mountains where Pope Leo IV built a walled town in 854. Eventually, the people returned to Civitavecchia (the name means “old city”). At the end of the 15th Century, the Port of Civitavecchia was under frequent attack by pirates. The naval arsenal was constructed in 1508. Pope Paul III commissioned the building of the keep, which was designed by Donato Bramante and then finished by Michelangelo in 1537, to protect the Port of Civitavecchia from the pirate attacks. In 1696, Civitavecchia became a free port under Pope Innocent XII. Because it was Rome’s main port, the French occupied the Port of Civitavecchia in 1849. The Port of Civitavecchia was linked to Rome by the Rome and Civitavecchia Rail Road in 1859. When the Port of Civitavecchia became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1870, it was one of the Papal State’s most strongly-fortified towns when Papal troops welcomed General Nino Bixio on behalf of the Italian unification forces into the Port of Civitavecchia fortress. World War II brought destruction to as much as three-quarters of the Port of Civitavecchia. Reconstruction enlarged the Port of Civitavecchia beyond its pre-war area. The Autorita Portuale Civitavecchia (Port of Rome) is responsible for managing and operating the Port of Civitavecchia as well as the ports of Fiumicino and Gaeta. The modern Port of Civitavecchia is at the center of rail, road, and air networks that link it with central Italy and the world. The Port of Civitavecchia has capacity to handle about 11 million tons of cargo per year and over 1.5 million passengers. Cargoes include forest products, cereals, iron and steel, chemicals, automobiles, containers, and liquid bulk. In 2007, the Port of Civitavecchia welcomed 856 cruise vessels carrying 1.6 million passengers, and the total number of passengers using ferries and cruise vessels was 3.8 million. In 2007, the Port of Civitavecchia handled a total of 7.7 million tons of cargo. This total included 1.5 million tons of liquid bulk, 1.7 million tons of solid bulk, 4.6 million tons of packages, and 31.1 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo. The Port of Civitavecchia contains 28 berths of a total 5.6 thousand meters in length with alongside depths from 6 to 18 meters. Port properties include five warehouses containing 36 thousand square meters for handling and storing cargoes. The intermodal terminal includes seven thousand square meters of storage space and 12.5 thousand square meters for loading/unloading rail cars and parking. The Port of Civitavecchia is one of the busiest ferry ports in the world. Just 80 kilometers northwest of Rome, it is the main tourist destination for people traveling to the Eternal City. It is also a central port for ferries carrying passengers to more local destinations. The ferry terminal offers a complete line of amenities. Different ferry companies offer services to the various destinations. Moby Lines handles crossings to Olbia, Sardinia. Corsica Sardinia Ferries runs services to Golfo Aranci. Grimaldi Ferries carries passengers to Barcelona and Tunis, and Grand Navi Veloci operates a route to Tunis. Ferrovie dello Stato operates a combined rail-ferry service to Golfo Aranci.

Onboard the Sun Princess

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Sun Princess® is the first ship in the fleet to be powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG). This cleaner burning fuel will significantly reduce air emissions and marine gasoil to minimize the environmental footprint. Offering more than 29 bars and restaurants and the most balconies on any Princess ship, this new Sphere class generation cruise ship boasts expansive venues, contemporary entertainment and next-level stateroom accommodations.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

 

  • Casino
  • Movies
  • Theater/Show Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Sports Facilities
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Children's Outdoor Play Area
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Center or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Concierge Desk
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Infirmary/Medical Center
  • Self-Service Laundromat

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

 


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    Dining

     

    Casual Dining

    International Café: Featuring an ever-changing array of small bite meals, treats and gourmet beverages.

    Pizzeria Outdoor Dining: Delight in the classic favorites like pepperoni and margherita, as well daily specialty pizzas.

    World Fresh Marketplace: Whenever you visit, you’ll find plenty of well-balanced options to choose from.


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    Staterooms

    Stateroom features two twin beds or a queen-size bed and the basic amenities including private bathroom with shower, spacious closet, desk with chair, hair dryer and bathroom amenities, digital security safe, flat-panel TV to in-room refrigerator.

    Interior (Category: IA)

    Category: IA
    This well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities, and bathroom with shower.

    Interior (Category: IB)

    Category: IB
    This well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities, and bathroom with shower.

    Interior (Category: IC)

    Category: IC
    This well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities, and bathroom with shower.

    Interior (Category: ID)

    Category: ID
    This well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities, and bathroom with shower.

    Interior (Category: IE)

    Category: IE
    This well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities, and bathroom with shower.

    Interior (Category: IF)

    Category: IF
    This well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities, and bathroom with shower.

    Single Interior (Category: IS)

    Category: IS
    This single-occupancy interior stateroom provides fine amenities, and bathroom with shower.

    Stateroom includes all the amenities of an interior room and the added benefit of ocean views that bring an airy openness to the space.

    Premium Oceanview (Category: O2)

    Category: O2
    This well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views, and bathroom with shower.

    Premium Oceanview (Category: O3)

    Category: O3
    This well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views, and bathroom with shower.

    Premium Oceanview (Category: O5)

    Category: O5
    This well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views, and bathroom with shower.

    Stateroom offers all the amenities of an ocean-view with the added indulgence of a private balcony with well-appointed outdoor furniture and a relaxing view of the scenery that surrounds you.

    Premium Deluxe Balcony (Category: D1)

    Category: D1
    This stateroom provides dramatic views from a premium private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Premium Deluxe Balcony (Category: D2)

    Category: D2
    This stateroom provides dramatic views from a premium private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Deluxe Balcony (Category: DA)

    Category: DA
    This balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a deluxe private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Deluxe Balcony (Category: DB)

    Category: DB
    This balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a deluxe private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Deluxe Balcony (Category: DC)

    Category: DC
    This balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a deluxe private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Deluxe Balcony (Category: DD)

    Category: DD
    This balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a deluxe private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Deluxe Balcony (Category: DE)

    Category: DE
    This balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a deluxe private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Deluxe Balcony (Category: DF)

    Category: DF
    This balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a deluxe private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Cove Balcony (Category: DG)

    Category: DG
    This balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Cove Balcony (Category: DH)

    Category: DH
    This balcony stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony, and bathroom with shower. Includes sofa bed.

    Stateroom offers all the amenities of a balcony with a substantially larger space than a balcony stateroom and includes a separate seating area with sofa bed as well as two flat-panel TVs. Enjoy suite-only benefits and exclusive access to private restaurants and additional luxuries.

    Signature Sky Suite (Category: S0)

    Category: S0
    The Signature Sky Suite features a large stateroom and balcony featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms, one with a full bath with tub and separate shower, a seating area and sofa bed. Enjoy Signature upgrades and benefits.

    Signature Owner’s Suite (Category: S2)

    Category: S2
    The Signature Owner's Suite features an expansive stateroom, oversized balcony, and a full bath with tub and separate shower. Enjoy Signature upgrades and benefits.

    Signature Penthouse Suite (Category: S4)

    Category: S4
    The Signature Penthouse Suite features a spacious stateroom with balcony, seating area, sofa bed, and a full bath with tub and separate shower. Enjoy Signature upgrades and benefits.

    Signature Suite (Category: S9)

    Category: S9
    The Signature Suite features a seating area with sofa bed, balcony, and bathroom with shower. Enjoy Signature upgrades and benefits.

    Reserve Collection Cabana (Category: C1)

    Category: C1
    This stateroom features a private cabana, access to an exclusive outdoor deck, a seating area with sofa bed, and bathroom with shower. Enjoy Reserve Collection suite upgrades and benefits.

    Reserve Collection Cabana (Category: C2)

    Category: C2
    This stateroom features a private cabana, access to an exclusive outdoor deck, a seating area with sofa bed, and bathroom with shower. Enjoy Reserve Collection suite upgrades and benefits.

    Cabana Mini-Suite (Category: CA)

    Category: CA
    This stateroom features a private cabana, a seating area with sofa bed, and bathroom with shower.

    Cabana Mini-Suite (Category: CB)

    Category: CB
    This stateroom features a private cabana, a seating area with sofa bed, and bathroom with shower.

    Reserve Collection Mini Suite with Balcony (Category: M1)

    Category: M1
    The Reserve Collection Mini-Suite features a seating area with sofa bed, balcony, and bathroom with shower. Enjoy Reserve Collection suite upgrades and benefits.

    Reserve Collection Mini Suite with Balcony (Category: M2)

    Category: M2
    The Reserve Collection Mini-Suite features a seating area with sofa bed, balcony, and bathroom with shower. Enjoy Reserve Collection suite upgrades and benefits.

    Mini Suite with Balcony (Category: MA)

    Category: MA
    The Mini-Suite features a seating area with sofa bed, balcony, and bathroom with shower.

    Mini Suite with Balcony (Category: MD)

    Category: MD
    The Mini-Suite features a seating area with sofa bed, balcony, and bathroom with shower.

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    Ship Facts

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    • Ship Name: Sun Princess
    • Year Built: 2022
    • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2024
    • Ship Class: Oceanliner
    • Maximum Capacity: 5,318
    • Number of Passenger Decks: 21
    • Number of Crew: 1,547
    • Officers' Nationality: International
    • Ocean-View without Balcony: 186
    • Ocean-View with Balcony: 1,511
    • Total Inside Staterooms: 460
    • Tonnage (GRT): 175,500
    • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 2,150
    • Country of Registry: Bermuda
    • Total Staterooms: 2,157
    • Suites with Balcony: 80
    • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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